Why do many Hindus wear a dot near the middle of their forehead?
Hindu religion is a religion full of various stories, facts, traditions, and everything surely have a mythological reason behind. So, whenever something which signifies Hindu religion, you see, makes one curious about why is that so? A dot near the middle other forehead is one of those things which may make people interested. However, even some Hindus may not know the answer as well. Today, we will find what is interesting about the Dot on the forehead.
Since we are heading more towards western culture, we have started omitting all the religious traditions which were practiced in and before the ’90s; wearing a dot on the forehead is one of them. It is believed that the Dot gives you an identity of Hindu, whereas some say it’s a fashion or trend. However, style or trend comes with a timeline and flashes off, and we can still find people wearing the Dot in poojas, family functions, traditional events, or anytime they visit a temple.
Wearing a dot on the forehead is a practice both followed by male and female in Hindu religion and both have their identical significances.
Why do men wear a dot near the middle of their forehead?
Male wears a dot or a dot is fragged up to make a shape of a flame. Well, that’s not the signs of flam, but it makes a shape similar to the eye. This tradition exists since when God and Goddess existed. And people of Hindu religion follow and practice everything their God did and try their best to be the best preacher.
Lord Shiva was the God who had third eyes, right in the middle of the forehead, and it is believed that we humans have the same, but it is not visible, instead referred to as the inner eye. To make it visible, males in the Hindu religion wear Dot as a mark of wisdom and faith.
Also, wearing a dot on the forehead is considered to signify a holy sole. As in olden days castes and other systems of discriminating people in the society were practiced, the Dot on the forehead would identify the Brahmanas and upper castes and domination people of the nation. However, this practice gradually was abolished, and now everybody can wear the Dot.
But as time is moving ahead, all the practices are diminishing. As we now believe more in scientific reasons, mythological traditions have no value now, other than just for fashion.
Why do women wear a dot near the middle of their forehead?
Well, women call it Bindi, wearing Bindi is now trendy, and every female in India wear Bindi. And the most exciting thing about Bindi is, unlike the male, the women of western countries wear Bindi and find it classier. Apart from fashion, the Bindi is a symbol of married women in the Hindu religion. Though unmarried girls also wear Bindi, it is strictly no for the widows.
The mythological fact behind the Bindiremains the same, as the Goddess used to wear it for their spouse’s long life and peace. Hindu women also follow a tradition of “SolahSringar” i.e., the 16 items if makeup that complete their look, Bindi is one of them.
After knowing the reason behind putting the Dot on the forehead. Let’s move ahead to its other significances like color, shape, and region. Different states wear different patterns which, however, have the common reason as discussed above, but the consequences may vary.
The Dot wore in the middle of the forehead is better known as the Tilak or Tika. And they majorly have further four sections: Saivism, Vaishnavism, Shaktism, and Smartism based on their belief in Gods. The Saivism are the people who worship Lord Shiva and wear Tilak, which are commonly eye-shaped in the color red. Vaishnavism are the people who worship primarily Lord Vishnu and wear V shape tilak in yellow or white color. The Shaktism stands for the people who worship Gods of Strength Goddess Kali, Laxmi and other forms of Goddess. They mostly wear a red dot as the Tilak. Smartism are the people who worship and believe in all the God equally, mainly the five Gods usually we find in any temple. Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, Shakti, and Surya, and they put anAum or OM sign on the forehead as Tilak.
The Tilak are majorly made of Kumkum, Sindur, or Vermilion. People also prefer yellow Chandan or white Chandan, i.e., Sandalwood, to make a tilak solution. South Indian usually prefer White Tilak; however, the other part of India prefer red or yellow Tilak.
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